When I Die, Will They Come?

If you’re looking for an inspirational blog post to start off your day, this one might not be for you. It’s dark and rainy as I write this, so don’t expect a lot of literary sunshine.

You see, I went to a funeral, yesterday, which is nothing new… I go to them all the time as a preacher and chaplain. Heck, it’s a common thing to go to more funerals as one gets older, and I’m certainly getting older. After a while everybody you know starts dying off.

But a common worry – yes, a worry – struck me as I sat in the funeral home chapel. It’s a low rumble of a fear that is noticeable only to me, but one that seems to be growing in intensity with every funeral I attend.

It’s the fear that no one will come to my funeral.

Take it however you want, but every time I go to a funeral and see empty seats in the chapel or church sanctuary, I wonder what it will be like when I die. Will I have affected the lives of enough people to warrant my life being memorialized or celebrated?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a King Herod who wishes people to mourn when I die. No, all I’m afraid of is that I will not have made a big enough difference to be missed.

A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. – Ecclesiastes 7:1

I’m not afraid of dying, per se; I’m afraid of dying having not done enough to be missed when I’m gone.

Do any of you ever feel this way?


Filed under Life/Death

4 responses to “When I Die, Will They Come?

  1. Yes! I often wonder if anyone will show up at my funeral. As long as my relationship with my children continues to be healthy, I assume they will be there. I also believe some of my local friends in the church would come, but honestly, I don’t think I’ve made much of an impact on a large number of people. I am an introvert, so I tend to spend time with a small number of people as it is.

  2. Just purely having a larger family, there should be people at mine, but I feel kind of like a background person a lot when it comes to friendships, so don’t imagine many others there.

  3. I have had the same thoughts, Anthony. I have attended more funerals in the last 5 years than I had in the previous 67 years.

  4. hawk2017

    Yes, Brother Anthony. I wasted so much time in the past. :))

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